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Photos: Fatal Attraction opening night in the West End

March 26, 2014 

Photos of the Fatal Attraction opening night at the Theatre Royal Haymarket

Trevor Nunn’s new stage adaptation of Fatal Attraction opened tonight at the Theatre Royal Haymarket.

The new stage play by James Dearden, who wrote the original 1987 screenplay for Fatal Attraction, stars English actress Natascha McElhone, best known for The Truman Show and Californication, as Alex Forrest alongside Mark Bazeley as Dan Gallagher and Sex and the City’s Kristin Davis as his wife Beth.

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Book tickets to Fatal Attraction at the Theatre Royal Haymarket

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Book tickets to Fatal Attraction at the Theatre Royal Haymarket

Fantasy Casting: David Duchovny to join Natascha McElhone in Fatal Attraction?

January 17, 2014 

Might David Duchovny be tempted to join Natascha McElhone in Trevor Nunn’s production of Fatal Attraction?

David Duchovny and Natsacha McElhone in Showtime series Californication

David Duchovny and Natsacha McElhone in Showtime series Californication

It has just been announced that British actress Natascha McElhone has been cast in the Glenn Close role of Alex Forrest in the new stage play based on hit movie Fatal Attraction.

Natascha is just finishing filming the seventh and final season of Showtime’s hit series Californation, alongside X Files star David Duchovny.

This goes into the “Fantasy Casting” category, but might David Duchovny be tempted by producers Robert Fox and Patrick Ryecart to join his Californication co-star Natascha  on the London stage?

He’d be in good company given that his X Files co-star Gillian Anderson will be giving her Blanche DuBois over at the Young Vic this summer.

he role of Dan Gallagher in Fatal Attraction was iconically played by Michael Douglas in the movie, so the part needs a big hitter to do justice to the role and fill the Theatre Royal Haymarket.

Natascha and David clearly have chemistry.

Let’s make this happen!!

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Fatal Attraction casting: Natascha McElhone to play bunny-boiling Alex in Fatal Attraction The Play

January 17, 2014 

Natascha McElhone cast in Trevor Nunn’s production of Fatal Attraction at Theatre Royal Haymarket.

Natsacha McElhone in Showtime series Californication

Natsacha McElhone in Showtime series Californication

English actress Natascha McElhone, best known for The Truman Show and Californication, has been cast as Alex Forrest in new play Fatal Attraction.

The role was made famous by Glenn Close in the hit movie Fatal Attraction, and now the screenwriter of Fatal Attraction, James Dearden, has turned his screenplay into a stage drama, to be directed by Trevor Nunn. The show starts previews at the Theatre Royal Haymarket on 8 March 2014.

The role of Dan Gallagher, famously played by Michael Douglas in the movie, is yet to be cast.

Fatal Attraction is the story of a bunny-boiling (literally!) woman who meets a successful, married New York lawyer in a bar, and following a brief encounter makes his life a living nightmare.

Natascha McElhone is best known for movie and TV roles that include Surviving Picasso, The Truman Show, The Devil’s Own, Ronin, Solaris, The Secret of Moonacre Manor, Mrs Dalloway, Laurel Canyon, Ladies in Lavender, The Kid, Theatre of Dreams, Love’s Labour’s Lost and The Sea. On TV she currently plays Karen in Showtime series Californication. Her stage work includes Richard III and A Midsummer Night’s Dream for the Open Air Theatre, The Count of Monte Cristo at Manchester Royal Exchange, The Cherry Orchard at the Leicester Haymarket Theatre and Honour at Wyndhams’ Theatre.

Natascha is currently completing the seventh and final series of Showtime series Californication in Los Angeles alongside David Duchovny.

The play will be produced by Robert Fox, TRH Productions and Patrick Ryecart.

James Dearden has adapted to play to be more sympathetic to the Alex character; Glenn Close recently said at a mental illness conference at the White House that she would play the character of Alex differently now and fears her portrayal of Alex Forrest contributed to media stigmas surrounding mental illness.

One of the film’s most scary scenes is when Alex boils Dan’s family’s pet rabbit on the stove. A tongue-in-cheek Robert Fox told Baz in the Daily Mail that: “There will be a very well prepared bunny on stage every night, with its own, very selective dressing room.”

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Fatal Attraction at the Theatre Royal Haymarket starring Natascha McElhone

September 21, 2013 

Trevor Nunn directs the world stage premiere of Fatal Attraction at the Theatre Royal Haymarket starring Natascha McElhone, Kristin Davis and Mark Bazeley.

A brand new stage adaptation of the smash-hit movie Fatal Attraction comes to the Theatre Royal Haymarket (from 8 March 2014).

The new stage play by James Dearden, who wrote the original 1987 screenplay for Fatal Attraction which starred Michael Douglas and Glenn Close, is running for a strictly limited season at the Theatre Royal Haymarket.

THE STORY

In Fatal Attraction a casual liaison between married man Dan Gallagher and gorgeous woman Alex Forrest turns into a living nightmare for the successful New York lawyer when Alex refuses to be passed aside. With terrifying consequences, she pursues Dan and his family in this compelling tale of obsession and revenge.

THE CAST

English actress Natascha McElhone, best known for The Truman Show and Californication, plays Alex Forrest alongside Mark Bazeley as Dan Gallagher and Sex and the City’s Kristin Davis as his wife Beth. Other cast includes Jane How as Joan and Alex Lowe as Jimmy.

Behind the Candelabra set for Liberace stage musical?

May 27, 2013 

Rumours of stage musical adaptation of Behind The Candelabra on Broadway.

Michael Douglas and Matt Damon in Liberace movie Behind The Candelabra

Michael Douglas and Matt Damon in Liberace movie Behind The Candelabra

Liberace biopic Behind the Candelabra debuted last night on HBO in the US ahead of its UK and France theatrical release on 7 June 2013. Starring Michael Douglas and Matt Damon, the Steven Soderbergh directed movie, with a screenplay by Richard LaGravenese, also stars Dan Aykroyd, Scott Bakula, Rob Lowe, Tom Papa, Paul Reiser and Debbie Reynolds.

The film covers the final years of the flamboyant Vegas entertainer Liberace, who at the time was the richest performer in the world, and his secretive five year affair with Scott Thorson. Michael Douglas as Liberace and Matt Damon as Thorson put in award-worthy performances in the film, which has already been tipped for Golden Globes success (although isn’t eligible for the Oscars because of its TV rather than theatrical run in the US).

The movie is based on Scott Thorson’s book Behind the Candelabra: My Life With Liberace and rumours are now swirling that the book may be turned into a big-budget Broadway musical.

Hugh as Liberace?

Hugh as Liberace?

A Liberace stage musical bio seems a no brainer, providing ample opportunity for fabulous costumes and set-pieces, great songs from a ready-made back catalogue, award-garnering performances, a fascinating story and endless amounts of cam! Our sources tell us that it’s too early for Broadway venue hunting but that a number of producers are interested and discussions are underway with Scott Thorson for the stage rights and talent.

Our bets are on Hugh Jackman as Liberace and Neil Patrick Harris as Scott Thorson but what do we know?!

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Sunday Times Rich List: Top 2000

June 17, 2010 

The Sunday Times has published the details of its Top 2,000 richest people in the UK, following the publication of its Top 1,000 list in April.

The Top 2,000 list reveals a number of actors, musicians and creatives to have made the annual report, including Guy Ritchie at 1130th place, worth £55m, following the success of his film Sherlock Holmes; Alice in Wonderland’s Tim Burton and Helena Bonham Carter in 1233th place with £50m; and Celador Films and Slumdog Millionaire backers Paul Smith and Sarah King in 1825th place with £32m.

Elton John collects the 2009 Tony Award for Billy Elliot

As revealed in April, Love Never Dies and Phantom composer and The Wizard of Oz producer Andrew Lloyd Webber fell from 52nd to 89th place inthe list with a fortune estimated at £700m. He remains slightly ahead of his long-time collaborator and rival producer and West End theatre owner Cameron Mackintosh (Oliver!, Hair, Les Miserables) who is in 98th place, worth £635m – up £285 from last year.

Billy Elliot composer Elton John was in 348th place with £185m and Sunday’s Tony Awards winner Catherine Zeta Jones and husband Michael Douglas made 371st place with £175m. Lyricist Tim Rice (Evita, Joseph, Jesus Christ Superstar) was in 472nd place with £140m and Old Vic Productions Chief Executive Sally Greene and husband Robert Bourne made the list in 596th place with £110m.

Mamma Mia! producer Judy Craymer came 808th in the list with £80m and Queen band members Brian May, Roger Taylor  and John Deacon all made the Top 1,000, in part due to the success of We Will Rock You at the Dominion Theatre in London. Riverdance couple Moya Doherty and John McColgan  made 911th place with £72m, up £5m on last year.

RICHEST YOUNG PEOPLE

On the Richest Young People list, actor Daniel Radcliffe came fifth with £42m. He will star in a revival of musical How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying on Broadway in 2011. Twilight star Robert Pattinson came in as a new entry in 14th place with £13m, recent Over The Rainbow judge Charlotte Church was in 16th place with £11m, alongside Katherine Jenkins, who earlier this year helped Andrew Lloyd Webber launch his new musical Love Never Dies by releasing a song from the show. Lily Allen was also a new entry, coming in 36th place with £5m. It is believed that Allen is working on the score for a new stage adaptation of Bridget Jones’s Diary to open in London in 2011.

See list of showbusiness people in the list

See list of young people in showbusiness in the list

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